|WIZARD CUP, 1st
Fri-Sat-Sun, February 18-19-20
|Saturday, February 19, 2005
Wizard Home Loans Cup
back across Australia
The 2005 Wizard Home Loans Cup started on Friday night with
matches of the opening round being played in four states and the ACT
Fri , Melbourne Collingwood v Richmond, Docklands
Fri, Perth Fremantle v West Coast. Subiaco Oval
Sat, Melbourne Western Bulldogs v Sydney, Docklands
Sat, Melbourne Hawthorn v St Kilda, Docklands
Sat, Cairns Brisbane Lions v Melbourne, Cazaly Oval
Sun, Canberra Kangaroos v Geelong, Manuka Oval
Sun, Melbourne Carlton v Essendon, Docklands
Adelaide Adelaide v Port Adelaide, Football Park
In the second round, matches will extend to Marrara Oval in
Darwin and to Launceston's York Park.
The winner of the Wizard Cup grand final will
receive $220,000, the runner-up, $110,000. Semi-finalists will earn $50,000. First round
losers receive $16,000.
MARTIN WINDSOR-BLACK observes It appears that the ho-hum summer of
cricket may have fuelled the passion for Footy.
The opening match has brought the largest pre-season attendance (excluding
GF's) for six years, and the fourth largest at Docklands (including GF's)
Largest Attendances excluding Grand Finals
41,185, 1990-1R-P Car 17.7-109 d Col 12.10-82
40,577, 1999-1R-FP PA 13.15-93 d Ade 8.9-57
35,255, 1992-1R-FP Ade 14.6-90 d Car 7.8-50
34,536, 1998-1R-P Ess 19.11-125 d Haw 7.10-52
33,639, 2005-1R-Dok Col 126.96.36.199-115 d Rch 188.8.131.52-108
Largest Docklands Attendances
50,533, 2004-GF-Dok StK 184.108.40.206-98 d Gee 220.127.116.11-76 - 22pts
43,571, 2003-GF-Dok Ade 18.104.22.168-104 d Col 22.214.171.124-73 - 31pts
36,481, 2002-GF-Dok PA 10.11-71 d Rch 9.8-62 - 9pts
33,639, 2005-1R-Dok Col 126.96.36.199-115 d Rch 188.8.131.52-108 - 7pts
30,472, 2001-G2-M1-Dok Col 12.14-86 d StK 10.8-68 - 18pts
|Monday, February 21, 2005
TSUNAMI VICTIMS REMEMBERED
WORLD VISION BOOSTED BY $57,000
At the opening to the Wizard Cup, officials,
players and spectators at all venues observed one minute's silence prior to the start of
each match to remember those who lost their lives in the tsunami disaster of Boxing Day.
Major sponsors, Wizard Home Loans, donated $3000 for every nine-point *supergoal* kicked
on the weekend there were 19 recorded. The World Vision charity will benefit by
p Please note: Wizard Home Loans extended their donation to the whole
series. A total of 34 *supergoals* were kicked across the 15 matches, meaning World Vision
benefited by $102,000.
|SCORE CORRECTION HEAVEN HELP US
For the mathematically challenged, Darren
O'Shaughnessy has thankfully pointed out the Essendon scoreline failed to
accommodate the rushed (three-point) behind conceded by Carlton's Andrew Walker
in the second quarter of Sunday's match which resulted in Essendon's half-time score being
May the person who devised the collective presentation of behinds in the scoreline
for the Wizard Cup series, as presently described in the media, be conveyed to the nearest
psychiatric hospital they are in desperate need of help. The Wizard Cup scoring
system is devised with four components 9 points, 6 points, 3 points and one point
and should be shown as such.
Essendon's half-time, three-quarter time and final scores have been adjusted in
this issue of Footystats.
ATTENDANCES, FIRST ROUND
||Collingwood v Richmond
||Fremantle v West Coast
||West.B'dogs v Sydney
||Hawthorn v St Kilda
||Brisbane v Melbourne
||Kangaroos v Geelong
||Carlton v Essendon
||Adelaide v Port Adelaide
||Total for 1st Round
FROM THE ROUND
Since the pre-season *night* series of
games started in 1956 ...
<||> Melbourne's 45-points win over Brisbane at Cazaly Oval in Cairns on Saturday
night was the third best winning margin, behind only to
82pts 22.16-148 v Swan Districts 8.18-88 1980-1R-Waverley
60pts 19.20-134 v Geelong 11.8-74 1971-1R-Albert Park
45pts 184.108.40.2068 v Brisbane 0.7.1.853 2004-1R-Cazaly Oval
In their 71st match of the series, Geelong posted its lowest-ever tally
29pts 0.4.0.529 v Kangaroos 0.7.0.1254 2004-1R-Manuka Oval
34pts 4.10-34 v Sydney 6.11-47 2001-G1-Marrara Oval
40pts 5.10-40 v Carlton 14.13-97 1997-GF-MCG
Playing their 100th game of the series, the Kangaroos won for the 61st time.
Playing their 84th game, the Swans *evened-up* 42 wins, 42 losses
Playing their 74th game, St Kilda also *evened-up* 37 wins, 37 losses
MWB: NOTES ON THE WIZARD CUP
Martin Windsor-Black notes
A total of 57 players made their Wizard Cup debuts in the First Round.
Collingwood was the only club NOT to feature a debutant. Brisbane had the most
debutants with ten with Sydney not far behind with eight.
Carlton's Karl Norman has made his Wizard Cup debut after playing 23 senior matches.
(Senior matches in brackets), # = rookie
l Adelaide (2) : Nathan Van Berlo
(0), Luke Jericho (15)
l Brisbane (10) : Tom Logan (0), Matthew Moody (1), Daniel Merrett
(1), Llane Spaanderman (0), Troy Selwood (1), Justin Sherman (0), Cameron Wood (0), Leigh
Ryswyk (1), Michael Rischitelli (1), Josh Drummond # (0)
l Carlton (4) : Andrew Walker
(15), Eddie Betts (0), Chris Bryan (0), Karl Norman (23)
l Collingwood (nil)
l Essendon (3) : Ricky Dyson (11),
Paul Thomas (0), Andrew Lovett # (1)
l Fremantle (1) : Ryan Murphy (2)
l Geelong (2) : Andrew Mackie
(13), Matthew Egan (0)
l Hawthorn (5) : Harry Miller (1),
Ben Kane (14), Josh Thurgood (0), Jordan Lewis (7), Simon Taylor (0)
l Kangaroos (2) : Michael Firrito (18), Joel Perry (0)
l Melbourne (2) : Lynden Dunn
(0), Daniel Bell (3)
l Port Adelaide (3) : James Ezard (0), Jacob Surjan (5), Dale Ellis #
l Richmond (5) : Brett Deledio (0), Shane Tuck (3), Daniel Jackson
(6), Adam Pattison (0), Brent Hartigan (19)
l St.Kilda (3) : Sam Fisher (7), Andrew McQualter (0), James Gwilt
l Sydney (8) : Josh Willoughby (1), Sean Dempster (2), Jarred
Moore (0), Guy Campbell # (0), Luke Vogels # (0), Heath Grundy # (0), Earl Shaw # (0),
Nick Potter # (1)
l West Coast (4) : Beau Waters (10), Daniel McConnell (0),
Brett Jones (8), Jaymie Graham # (1)
l Western Bulldogs (3) : Daniel Cross (24), Ryan Griffen (0), Will
It's True: West Coast's Travis Gaspar has played 26 senior matches
without playing a single Wizard Cup match
|In an exciting
finish, Collingwood fought back to snatch a seven-point win over Richmond in Friday
night's opener to the Wizard Cup series in front of 33,639 at Docklands Stadium. The
Magpies looked gone when they trailed by 25 points at the nine minute mark of the final
term but inspired by TRISTEN WALKER and ANDREW WILLIAMS they finished all over the Tigers.
Collingwood fielded a strong line-up. Their only inclusion was the ex-Eagle CHAD
MORRISON of 148 games experience. Richmond with six newcomers gave top draft picks RICHARD
TAMBLING and BRETT DELEDIO their debuts it was noted that while Tambling was
electrifying with one surging run through the middle, Deledio struggled with the pace of
the game, but finished with 13 touches and kicked one goal.
Both sides produced a top display of fitness and skill, with the premiership season still
a month away. Though Richmond failed to get the win they ended last year with 14
defeats their fans can take a lot home from this game
|2005 WIZARD CUP WEEK 1, GAME 1
(n), February 18, 2005
Docklands, 7.40pm AEDT, crowd: 33,639
Ground conditions: Very good, Roof open
Weather: 23C, cloudy
|Goals: Collingwood: 9pts: Ryan Lonie, Anthony Rocca, Andrew
Williams. 6pts: Chris Tarrant 2, Anthony Rocca 2, Tristen Walker 2,
Julian Rowe, Richard Cole, Scott Burns, Cameron Cloke, David King, Josh Fraser. Richmond:
9pts: Nathan Brown, Thomas Roach, Trent Knobel, Richard Tambling, Shane Tuck. 6pts:
Troy Simmonds 2, Richard Tambling, Brett Deledio, Matthew Richardson, David
Rodan, Wayne Campbell, Chris Newman, Andrew Krakouer.
Best: Collingwood: James Clement, Chris Tarrant, Leon Davis, Ryan Lonie,
Tristan Walker, Andrew Williams. Richmond: Chris Newman, Chris Hyde, Joel
Bowden, Richard Tambling, Kane Johnson.
Umpires: Michael Vozzo, Shane McInerney, Simon Meredith, Troy Pannell.
brought a good crowd of 38,124 to Subiaco Oval in fine and warm conditions on Friday night
and they got their money's worth. The lead changed five times in the first half,
and only a seven-point margin was between the Eagles and Dockers at the finish.
While the match never reached great heights, it lacked nothing for much of the
contest. West Coast won because it used the ball more efficiently. STEVE BUTLER noted in The
West Australian that Fremantle lifted its defensive intensity after the long break,
but three consecutive goals by makeshift Eagles forward BEAU WATERS broke the game open.
The big positive for the Dockers was MATTHEW PAVLICH's performance at centre half-forward.
He was effective against BRENT STAKER, ADAM HUNTER and to a lesser extent DARREN GLASS and
will be a measuring stick for Fremantle's success this season.
CHRIS JUDD was his usual classy self in the middle, with West Coast teammate CHAD FLETCHER
again racking up the stats. Eagle youngsters DANIEL McCONNELL and ASH HANSEN also got a
lot of the ball.
|2005 WIZARD CUP WEEK 1, GAME 2
v West Coast
(n), February 18, 2005
Subiaco Oval, 10.40pm AEDT, crowd: 38,124
Ground conditions: Very good
Weather: 25C, clear
|Goals: West Coast: 6pts: Quinten Lynch 3, Beau Waters 3, Ashley
Sampi 2, Michael Braun, Andrew Embley, Adam Hunter, Mark Seaby. Fremantle: 6pts: Jeff
Farmer 2, Matthew Pavlich 2, Josh Carr, Antoni Grover, Paul Medhurst, Luke Webster, Ryan
Murphy, Des Headland.
Best: West Coast: Chad Fletcher, Dean Cox, Chris Judd, Beau Waters,
Daniel Chick, Ashley Sampi. Fremantle: Matthew Pavlich, Josh Carr, James
Walker, Shaun Parker.
Umpires: Martin Ellis, Dean Margetts, Adam Davis, Matt Stevic.
Bulldogs showed a lot of promise on Saturday afternoon at Docklands. While Sydney played
without more than a dozen of their senior squad, the Doggies had impact players such as
ADAM COONEY, WILL MINSON and LINDSAY GILBEE to cause the difference at the final siren.
Gilbee finished with 23 touches, while DANIEL GIANSIRACUSA, RYAN HARGRAVE and JORDAN
McMAHON added a further 58 between them.
The Swans were competitive in the first half when rookies LUKE VOGELS and GUY
CAMPBELL booted the opening goals. Others to show promise for Sydney were JOSH WILLOUGHBY,
the club's first draft pick JARRED MOORE (Dandenong) and the still developing LEWIS
ROBERTS-THOMSON who played well at centre half-back against DANIEL BANDY ADAM
SCHNEIDER also gave hope he may be finding his good form again.
Minson did well for the Bulldogs at centre clearances while Sydney's newest ruckman DARREN
JOLLY (ex-Melbourne) fumbled several times, but added a goal and four possessions to his
14 hitouts against Minson and LUKE DARCY. Unfortunately, the youth-led Bulldogs didn't
last and once again it was left to veteran BRAD JOHNSON to seal a victory as the
inexperienced young Swans mounted a late charge. However they failed by 20 points.
|2005 WIZARD CUP WEEK 1, GAME 3
Bulldogs v Sydney
February 19, 2005
Docklands, 2.40pm AEDT, crowd: 10,580
Ground conditions: Excellent, Roof: open
Weather: 18C, cloudy
|Goals: West.B'dogs: 9pts: Robert Murphy. 6pts: Brad
Johnson 3, Cameron Faulkner 2, Adam Cooney, Matthew Boyd, Mitchell Hahn, Rohan Smith,
Patrick Bowden, Ryan Griffen. Sydney: Luke Vogels 2, Matthew Nicks, Craig
Bolton, Jarrad McVeigh, Brett Kirk, Ryan O'Keefe, Amon Buchanan, Guy Campbell, Jarred
Moore, Darren Jolly.
Best: West.B'dogs: Luke Gilbee, Brad Johnson, Daniel Giansiracusa, Adam
Cooney, Robert Murphy, Jordan McMahon. Sydney: Jude Bolton, Matthew
Nicks, Heath James, Jarrad McVeigh, Ryan O'Keefe.
Umpires: Scott McLaren, Darren Goldspink, Mark Fussell, Luke Farmer.
champs St Kilda outlasted Hawthorn by nine points on Saturday night at Docklands. The
rebuilding Hawks seemed to be fighting out of their class when they trailed by 39 points
midway through the second quarter and looked on the way to a belting.
From then, KEN PIESSE noted for the Sunday Herald Sun, Hawthorn ran,
chased and took risks. The signs were everywhere BEN DIXON had the spark of three
seasons ago, JOHN BARKER was leaping freely, and ANGELO LEKKAS was urgent in defence and
on the ball. Most importantly, across the ground a host of runners ran until they dropped.
SAM MITCHELL, NATHAN LONIE and LUKE HODGE finally looked like a midfield trio that might
trouble some sides. The Hawks made one heck of a fight back to get within one point in the
last quarter. However, the steadiness of new St Kilda captain NICK RIEWOLDT produced a
defining goal in the last quarter for his side to hold on. In what was, after all, only a
pre-season match, St Kilda can feel justified in their confidence for players such as a
bulkier BRENDAN GODDARD who got 21 touches, of JUSTIN KOSCHITZKE, whose injuries can be
all behind him, and the potential of imports MARK McGOUGH (from Collingwood) and AARON
FIORA (ex-Richmond). The match was a genuine crowd-pleaser.
|2005 WIZARD CUP WEEK 1, GAME 4
v St Kilda
(n), February 19, 2005
Docklands, 6.10pm AEDT, crowd: 16,933
Ground conditions: Very good, Roof: open
Weather: 20C, some cloud
|Goals: St Kilda: 9pts: Aaron Fiora. 6pts: Nick
Riewoldt 3, Stephen Milne 2, Luke Ball, Sam Fisher, Brett Voss. Hawthorn: 9pts: Chance
Bateman. 6pts: Ben Dixon 4, Mark Williams, John Barker, Nathan Lonie.
Best: St Kilda: Brendon Goddard, Aaron Fiora, Lenny Hayes, Nick Riewoldt,
Justin Peckett. Hawthorn: Ben Dixon, John Barker, Luke Hodge, Sam
Umpires: Scott McBurney, Shaun Ryan, Damien Sully, Matt Lee-Archer.
Reports: l ALLAN MURRAY (StK) reported for engaging in rough play against JOSH
THURGOOD (Haw) in the first quarter. This charge was withdrawn on Monday and deemed not to
be a report by the Match Review Panel.
l SAM MITCHELL (Haw) reported for striking LUKE BALL (Haw) in the
first quarter. Mitchell accepted guilt and the Match Review Panel (MRP) option of a
comprehensively thrashed an under-strength Brisbane by 45 points in steamy Saturday night
conditions at Cazaly Oval in Cairns the crowd was 9,486. The climate enabled both
sides to increase their bench to an eight-man interchange with players constantly on the
move and the off-field refrigerated "cool room" used regularly.
Not even Brisbane's experienced defensive unit of JUSTIN LEPPITSCH, CHRIS
JOHNSON, MAL MICHAEL and CHRIS SCOTT could stop the Demons. The Lions,
missing half of their grand final team including Voss, Akermanis, Black and Lappin, were
always going to struggle. But the likes of LLANE SPAADERMAN, TROY SELWOOD, CAMERON WOOD
and TOM LOGAN battled hard against their bigger and more experienced opponents. One of the
more interesting aspects of the match was the difficulty Melbourne ruckman JEFF WHITE
faced with the limitations of the 10-metre circle for centre bounces he was
penalised several times. Wood, rucking for the Lions, used his 9cm advantage to get over
the top of a slightly out-of-sorts White.
In the early stages, the crispness of passing and possession worked well for the Lions,
but they had no answer to two enormous nine-pointers by PAUL WHEATLEY and another from
CAMERON BRUCE. Wheatley's second *supergoal* midway through the third term secured
the win for the Demons who extended their lead to 52 points by three-quarter time.
Two-time premiership winner DANIEL BRADSHAW showed why is likely to become Brisbane's
permanent forward focus, with the two opening goals of the last quarter. Even so, the
Demons were home and hosed.
|2005 WIZARD CUP WEEK 1, GAME 5
Lions v Melbourne
(n), February 19, 2005
Cazaly Oval, Cairns, 8.40pm AEDT, crowd: 9,486
Ground conditions: Excellent
Weather: Hot and humid, 29C
|Goals: Melbourne: 9pts: Paul Wheatley 2 Cameron Bruce.
6pts: Russell Robertson 4, Brock McLean 2, Adem Yze 2, David Neitz, Cameron
Bruce. Brisbane: 6pts: Daniel Bradshaw 3, Michael Rischitelli,
Llane Spaanderman, Luke Power, Anthony Corrie.
Best: Melbourne: Matthew Whelan, Clint Bizzell, Brad Green, Cameron Bruce.
Russell Robertson, Nathan Brown. Brisbane: Anthony Corrie, Luke Power,
Daniel Bradshaw, Mal Michael, Chris Johnson.
Umpires: Darren Morris, Scott Jeffery, Justin Schmitt, Jason Quigley.
|Manuka Oval in
Canberra was drenched by rain on Sunday afternoon with only a bare 3,540 passing through
the gate as thunder and lightning promised more of the same. The Kangaroos adapted much
better than Geelong to the waterlogged conditions but goals were at a premium in the first
half when only three were scored.
SCOTT SPITS reported for Sportal: BRENT HARVEY led from the front in the
opening term, continuously putting his body on the line for the Kangas, displaying his
good ball handling skills in the tough conditions. He had 12 possessions for the first
quarter to be easily the best player on the ground. The Roos were dominant, entering their
forward 50 on 17 occasions, compared to eight times for the Cats.
Geelong was still in the match midway through the final quarter but three late goals by
the Kangaroos blew the gap out to 25 points. For all of the battle the stats for Geelong
were not a pretty sight BRAD OTTENS one mark, KENT KINGSLEY none, HENRY PLAYFAIR
two. DEAN LAIDLEY on the other hand had much to be pleased with. Former Hawk NATHAN
THOMPSON slotted into the Kangas forward line, Harvey's two goals got the side going, and
the likes of ADAM SIMPSON, SHANNON GRANT and DANIEL HARRIS played well, as usual.
|2005 WIZARD CUP WEEK 1, GAME 6
February 20, 2005
Manuka Oval, 2.40pm AEDT, crowd: 3,540
Ground conditions: Wet
Weather: 17C, heavy rain
|Goals: 6pts: Kangaroos: Brent Harvey 2, Daniel Motlop 2,
Corey Jones, Nathan Thompson. Geelong: Joshua Hunt, Gary Ablett, Cameron Mooney,
Best: Kangaroos: Brent Harvey, Adam Simpson, Shannon Grant, Daniel Wells, Michael
Stevens, Brady Rawlings. Geelong: Matthew Scarlett, Joshua Hunt, Gary Ablett,
Cameron Ling, David Wojcinski.
Umpires: Michael Avon, Kieron Nicholls, Mark Fraser.
|Four goals and a
best-afield display from a fit and firing LANCE WHITNALL and a dynamic debut from ex-Eagle
CALLUM CHAMBERS were the highlights of Carlton's impressive 37-point win over an
undermanned Essendon in the early Sunday night clash at Docklands.
Full-forward BRENDAN FEVOLA, although he went goalless himself, was busy
throughout and set up a couple of goals for teammates through pinpoint passes. The Bombers
were without six of their first-choice players, including captain JAMES HIRD and
full-forward MATTHEW LLOYD, and Carlton dominated the whole match except for the start of
the second term when Essendon hit the front.
Whitnall had stats Blues' fans have been dreaming about for years four goals, 15
marks and 24 disposals. Chambers, who collected 14 possessions, kicked two nine-pointers
in his first game after being traded from West Coast. Stand-in captain SCOTT LUCAS was
Essendon's best with one nine-pointer and three regular goals. There were good signs for
the Dons from youngsters PAUL THOMAS and ANDREW LOVETT, but JAYSON LAYCOCK failed to live
up to pre-season hype when he was thrown forward.
|2005 WIZARD CUP WEEK 1, GAME 7
(n), February 20, 2005
Docklands, 5.10pm AEDT, crowd: 23,220
Ground conditions: Good, Roof: open
Weather: 20C, mild
|Goals: Carlton: 9pts Callum Chambers 2. 6pts: Lance
Whitnall 4, Scott Camporeale 2, Eddie Betts 2, Trent Sporn, Callum Chambers, Anthony
Koutoufides, Matthew Lappin, Jarrad Waite. Essendon: 9pts: Scott Lucas,
Marc Bullen. 6pts: Scott Lucas 3, Brent Stanton, Andrew Lovett, Justin
Murphy, Nathan Lovett-Murray.
Best: Carlton: Lance Whitnall, Ryan Houlihan, Matthew Lappin, Nick Stevens, David
Teague, Callum Chambers, Barnaby French. Essendon: Scott Lucas, Adam
McPhee, Damien Peverill, Paul Thomas, Andrew Welsh, Ricky Dyson.
Umpires: Chris Donlon, Stuart Wenn, Matthew Head.
Report: SCOTT CAMPOREALE (Car) reported for striking ANDREW WELSH (Ess)
in the first quarter. The charge was ratified by the MRP. Camporeale accepted guilt and
the MRP option of a one-match suspension.
|Port and the
Crows were willing participants of Sunday night's clash at Football Park after a fine and
sunny day. Showing there is no room for neighbourly love, there was plenty of pushing and
shoving going on after Port's BYRON PICKETT received a booking for rough conduct on JAMES
BEGLEY in the last quarter.
After two separate knee reconstructions over the past two years, Port's JOSH
FRANCOU made a triumphant return to football. While playing a little more than half the
game, Francou gathered 20 possessions and used the majority with telling effect. It was
Francou's first official AFL match since round 1 in 2003. Port's STUART DEW also had a
huge impact on the result. Dew, cruising across halfback instead of his customary
attacking position, finished with a team-high 24 disposals, 12 kicks and 12 handpasses
only Adelaide's ANDREW McLEOD (25) had more.
Among others to show out was Adelaide's MARK STEVENS who missed most of last season with a
knee injury he kicked three goals in his comeback and teamed well with IAN PERRIE
in the Crows forward zone.
|2005 WIZARD CUP WEEK 1, GAME 8
v Port Adelaide
(n), February 20, 2005
Football Park, 7.40pm AEDT, crowd: 26,161
Ground conditions: Excellent
Weather: 22C, fine and sunny
|Goals: Port: 6pts: Gavin Wanganeen 2, Kane Cornes 2, Byron
Pickett 2, Toby Thurstans, Warren Tredrea, Josh Mahoney, James Ezard, Stuart Cochrane. Adelaide:
9 pts: Rhett Biglands. 6pts: Mark Stevens 3, Ian Perrie, 2
Hayden Skipworth, Ben Hudson.
Best: Port: Stuart Dew, Josh Francou, Jacob Surjan, Gavin Wanganeen, Byron
Pickett, Adam Kingsley. Adelaide: Andrew McLeod, Brett Burton, Mark
Stevens, Ben Hudson, Michael Doughty.
Umpires: Brett Allen, Derek Woodcock, Tony Dey, Chris Carey.
Reports: l The Match Review Panel cited BYRON PICKETT (PA) for engaging in
rough conduct on JAMES BEGLEY (Ade) in the fourth quarter. Before the Tribunal Pickett
pleaded guilty to the charge of rough play. The Tribunal handed down a 660-point penalty,
resulting in a six-week suspension and a 60-point carry over for his next offence. Port
Adelaide appealed. The Appeal Board on March 2 sustained the findings of the Tribunal.
l The MRP cited BRETT MONTGOMERY (PA) for striking BRETT BURTON (Ade)
in the fourth quarter. Montgomery accepted guilt and the MRP option of a one-match